Washington Wizards new recruit Kristaps Porzingis is relishing the prospect of playing alongside star guard Bradley Beal after making the move from Dallas Mavericks.
The Wizards are 150/1 to win the Eastern Conference outright, while the Mavs are 33/1 to win the NBA Championship.
Kristaps made the move to Washington at the trade deadline, with Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans heading in the opposite direction.
The Wizards sit in 11th place in the East but are just a game behind Southeast Division rivals Atlanta Hawks immediately above them, although a place in the play-in tournament is probably the best they can hope for as they are six games adrift of the top six.
Beal's future remains unclear as he will be a free agent at the end of the season, but Porzingis feels they can form a strong partnership in the weeks ahead as Washington bid to secure a place in the playoffs.
"[Beal's] incredible. He's one of those guys that takes a lot of attention away from everybody else in a good way," Porzingis told NBC Sports. "I also look forward to doing that, coming in here, taking the attention away so other guys can free up and shoot, and create for my teammates.
"Playing with Brad, I think it's going to be extremely fun. He's dynamic, he knows the game, he has a lot of experience in the playoffs and I think the sooner we were able to get on [the floor], even if it's practice floor together and start talking and start getting a feel for each other, the better off we'll be."
Washington are next in action on Friday when San Antonio Spurs visit the Capital One Arena.